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Indian govt to use satellite data for urban bodies’ master plan

India: The Union Urban Development Ministry of India is making efforts to prepare master plan for a number of urban bodies in the next one or two years, a top official said. “Among 7,935 cities and towns, only 24 per cent have got notified master plans. So, the Ministry of Urban Development, in collaboration with the partner institutions such as National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Survey of India (SOI), state governments, wants to prepare master plan for all cities in the months to come,” said Sudhir Krishna, Urban Development Secretary. Satellite imagery from NRSC and maps from SOI will be used to prepare master plan for urban bodies.

“Master plans are a must for urban areas with proper mapping of the utilities like water, sewage, environment and even metro needs for the next 20 years to tackle the fundamental problems of cities,” Krishna said.

The problems in preparation of master plan are funding and availability of maps. “First step we have crossed is availability of maps. The hitch was that whether the maps can be used in public purpose or not. Maps are ultimately in public domain. Planning authority cannot hold on to maps in their drawer or almirah. Now, that the Survey of India has permitted, in two weeks time, all this will be uploaded on Bhuvan (ISRO”s Geoportal),” Krishna said.

The training of officers in the necessary skills would begin shortly and the exercise will be completed in about three months, he added.

Source: Business Standard